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Hello everyone! It is currently day 5 at the Miss Teenage Canada and I am loving it! And do not worry, I will be writing a blog post about all the various activities that we have been up to! However, this blog post will be short and sweet about our delicious lunch at the Toronto Eaton Centre.

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All 82 delegates lined up two by two and entered the mall, and we were quite a sight! We headed straight to the Richtree Natural Market Restaurants where there was an array of food options that are all natural and healthy. They have four locations all across Toronto, at the Eaton Centre, College Park, Bayview/York Mills Centre and Square One Missisauga.

Eating my burrito!!

Eating my burrito!!

All the delegates were sponsored with a meal at the new Taco Truck!! I was extremely excited to see that there was a simple yet refined menu. I ordered the Hearts of Palm Veggie Burrito and it was delicious!! I loved the fermented taste of the vegetables and the combination of all the flavors were amazing 🙂 Not only that, but the staff were extremely friendly and organized despite having to feed 82 hungry girls in such a short amount of time!

Such a nice truck!

Such a nice truck!

This truck really proved that you don’t only have to eat tacos on Tuesday, but any day of the week! I urge you all to follow Richtree on their social media accounts listed below :

Website: http://www.richtreenaturalmarket.com

Facebook: /RichtreeMarket

Twitter: @RichtreeMarket

Instagram: RichtreeMarket

 

I am super excited for preliminaries tomorrow night and I am ready to rock it!! Thank you all for your support and I will blog very soon 🙂

 

Love,

Julianne N.,

Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

 

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Picture with the BC delegates!

Picture with the BC delegates!

Hello everyone! I JUST ARRIVED IN TORONTO!!! I am so excited 🙂 It is currently 8 am here, or 5 am in BC so I am writing this on 5 hours of sleep :p. This is my second blog assignment where I will discuss my platform of choice, why I chose it, what it means to me and how I would spread my message if I were to become the next Miss Teenage Canada 2015 (Just thinking about the possibility of winning gives me the chills :D). However, to make this blog post a bit more interactive and valuable, I will be leading all of you through a few steps to help you discover your own platform and mission in life! So read on if you want to find how you can make a difference in the world.

Some of you may know, but my platform that I created during the provincial competition is called “Lead from Within”. Essentially, my goal is to empower youth and especially young girls to help them develop confidence in themselves so that they can strive to be the best that they can be. I want to be able to show them how they can develop their passions and interests in life to make a difference in the world and be leaders in various ways. I chose this platform for several reasons. First of all, I think that self-confidence is an issue that most people struggle with, no matter how young or old you are. Our environment, the people we are with and our own thoughts can provoke feelings of inadequacy or personal failure. We are constantly pressured by our performance in school and in extra-curricular activities. When we do not do as well as we hope to do in certain aspects of our lives, or if we are bullied by others, this can cause our self-esteem to crumble. This is a serious issue that can develop into depression or other mental illnesses. This is a problem that is not brought up enough in our education systems and in our daily lives. Many individuals go through their lives without knowing how to handle such situations. This is something I want to change.

Sole-GirlsTherefore, I decided to create my platform to volunteer with programs that encourage and teach the importance of self-esteem, friendships and long-term values. These are valuable skills that can strengthen an individual who is going through the hardships of life. One of the organizations that I started volunteering with is called SOLE GIRLS. This is a tween empowerment program for girls aged 8-12 and was created by a woman named Ashley Wiles. She is a great inspiration to me and has taught me many things about helping others become stronger and better people. This 9-week program educates the young girls about values, respect, goals, friendships, community, volunteerism and much more! All this is incorporated into physical activity and we run a 5 km at the end of the 9 weeks. This program has taught me so many things that I had not learned in the past. I got to listen to these young girls speak about bullying experiences and other negative aspects of their lives. It really allowed me to understand what many children and teens are going through on a daily basis. I understood that I had to do something to help even more youth with the problem of self-confidence.

This means a lot to me because I have also had times when I felt powerless and self-conscious. There was a point in my life where I couldn’t see a beautiful person standing in front of the mirror. I wasn’t confident with my appearance or my actions. Not many people know this because I didn’t show it outwardly. Fortunately, I am the type of person who proactively tries to find solutions to my problems. I sought out to read many inspirational and self-help books that significantly increased my level of confidence and self-love. Today, I am able to look in the mirror and see an empowered young woman who is beautiful in her own way. I want EVERY person to feel the same way.

I am planning to start my very own youth empowerment program in the fall. I am teaming9b820519c08409c1a4837af6189f03a2 up with the CYLA, also known as the Canadians for Youth Leadership and Action. I am fortunate enough to be a director with this non-profit organization. What we do is we provide financial and intellectual aid to groups or individuals who have a great idea that can improve the lives of others. We are a support group for inspired people. I was inspired to create a youth empowerment program where we can talk about subjects that bother us and what we can do to improve the situation. I also want to introduce others to the concept of positive affirmations and having a strong mental attitude. With these lessons, it can be so much easier to cope with things that happen in our lives.

If I were to become Miss Teenage Canada 2015, I would love to spread my message to youth all over Canada. As our country’s youth ambassador, I think that my platform is a cause worth sharing. I would like to start off with my own city of Burnaby and create an empowerment program, speak with various high schools and elementary schools about the importance of self-love and confidence. Something amazing would be to speak at We Day about following one’s passion with confidence and courage. Most importantly, I want my actions to inspire youth from all over. Being a proactive and encouraging role model would be my main goal as Miss Teenage Canada 2015. So many people learn and absorb information from actions and that’s what I want to do.

So in a nutshell, my platform is to help other youth develop a stronger sense of self-confidence and empowerment so that they can feel capable of making a difference, no matter how big or small!

So how can you choose a platform and take action to implement your values to make the world a better place? Well once place that I recommend you go to is leadandact.org . This is the official website of the CYLA and there are steps to creating your own campaign relating to your passion. There are three simple steps

1. SPARK- Inspire Yourself

Think of an issue that you observed in your community. What are many people struggling with? Is there an issue that you have a personal connection with?

Sometimes, you don’t have to think of an issue, but just something that makes you feel empowered; something that you want to share with others.

2. LEAD- Take initiative

Think of different ways that you can implement a program, conference or campaign to raise awareness for your cause. Get creative!

Its really important to gather a team who share the same values as you do. Find people who are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help you in your initiative

3. ACT- Take on a cause

After you figure out what you want to do, think up a timeline and ACT! This is the most important part as you can get all your ideas and make them into a reality 🙂

If you take these steps and implement them into something you are really passionate about, you have the potential to do something truly incredible.

I want to remind all of you how amazing you are and that you are capable of anything. Remember to always keep an open and grateful mind. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to 🙂

I hope that you have learned a bit about myself and my platform. It really means a lot to me and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

Love,

Julianne N.,

Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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Hello my dedicated readers 🙂 With just a few days until I’m off to Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada, I just wanted to write this post to share my experiences with fundraising for Free the Children, the official charity of Miss Teenage Canada.

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have had a strong connection with Free the Children and its mission. In grade 5 I joined a club at my school called Paws With a Cause, a fundraising club that works closely with Free the Children. With my experience with this club, I had the opportunities to attend We Day, fundraise for the earthquakes in Japan at Haiti. In grade 7, I also wrote a speech about the founder of Free the Children, Craig Kielburger and all the amazing work he did. I placed third place with this speech as I was very passionate about my subject. From these experiences, I began my journey with Free the Children.

I cannot express how grateful and excited I am that Free the Children is the official Charity of the Miss Teenage Canada Organization. To fundraise for this charity, I recently took part in two initiatives. First, I want to talk about a charity music concert I helped out with my classmates, at freezie sales at my school!

Some of my young supporters :D

Some of my young supporters :D

On June 5, 2015, the second annual Baroquen Strings concert was held. This concert is organized by my classmates and this year, I was honoured to have Free the Children as one of the official charities, along with the Tikun Olam Gogos and Mailing Smiles. As an official charity head of this concert, I was asked to help spread the word about this concert and also perform a tap dance solo! I am so grateful to everyone who came out to support this cause. The concert itself was absolutely amazing. There were performances ranging from piano and violin, to ballroom dancing and Chinese harp! The event was an absolute success and I was able to raise a significant amount of money from it! Another opportunity that stemmed from this experience is my becoming a board director with the Canadians for Youth Leadership and Action Non profit organization!! This organization is a support system for passionate individuals who have a great idea for a charitable event but need funding or expertise. For more info, go here!

Myself and some members of the CYLA

Myself and other charity heads

The second fundraiser I held was perfect for the hot summer! I help freezie sales at my school carnival and in my school cafeteria for the entire month of June, three times a week. I had a lot of help from my friends. I couldn’t do it without them, or my dad who brought the freezies to my school everyday!

My final fundraiser was an online bake sale in support of Free the Children and my pageant expenses. I was thinking very hard of a final fundraiser to hold and this one seemed like the most practical and fun! My sister and I took orders from family and friends and delivered the baked goods the next day. There were times when we had so many orders that we stayed up past midnight making them!! It was sooo difficult trying not to eat ALL of the things I made. However, I do admit that I ate some of the baked goods 🙂

Just some of my delicious baked goods :)

Just some of my delicious baked goods :)

 

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Yum!!

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My bestseller!

All in all, fundraising for Free the Children was an incredible 6 week experience. Along with the many monetary donations that I received as well as the fundraising events, I was able to raise around $2000 for this amazing charity. I learned many skills such as asking for donations, managing my time and just becoming a selfless person. I hope that everyone who reads this post tries to do something for the community in the near future if you haven’t already. If you have, try to think outside of the box. What can you do differently than others before you? When you set your mind to something, you will surely succeed.

The next time I blog, I will most likely be recounting my experiences at Miss Teenage Canada. Wish me all the best!

 

Love,

Julianne N.

Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015 🙂

 

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Wow! With only 9 days until I’m off to Toronto, here I am writing a new blog post for all of you 🙂 There is a huge festival that happens every year in the city of Burnaby called the Edmonds City Fair and Car Show. I had the honour of judging the annual talent show, meeting significant figures in my community and enjoying the hot summer day. Let me tell you all about it!

Judging the talent show!

Judging the talent show!

As I mentioned earlier, I had the chance to be one of the judges of the annual youth talent show. There were 14 performances and it was a real challenge to narrow it down to the top three! I was absolutely captivated by the singers, dancers and even spoken word poets! Finally, myself and the other judges were able to come up to a unanimous vote of who the winner was. There were also other categories such as most inspirational, best dressed and most energetic. Those categories were even harder to decide the winners for, as there were so many energetic, inspiring and original talents. This experience was a highlight of my day, and I know now how hard it will be for the judges at Miss Teenage Canada to decide on a winner 🙂

Myself and School Trustees and City Councillors!

Myself and School Trustees and City Councillors!

I had the opportunity to meet many significant figures in my community, such as city councillors and school trustees. They were all very kind and encouraging towards me and I am truly to be representing Burnaby!

At the Korea Booth :)

At the Korea Booth :)

Speaking of representation, there was a multicultural section at the fair with many different nationalities being represented. Being half Chinese and half Korean, those were two booths that I went to observe first! It was great to connect back to where my parents are from and the different cultures that they hold. I also went to the other booths to explore cultures around the world!

At the Play Music Inc. Booth

At the Play Music Inc. Booth

One of my sponsors, Play Music Inc. also had a booth for their music school. This may sound a little biased, but I think it was the best decorated booth at the fair! They had lots of awesome and fun products and free face painting!

This is event was one of the best one’s that I’ve been to as I really got to connect with my community, judge a talent show and connect back to my roots! There were also some pretty awesome cars on display 🙂

Posing with my favourite car!

Posing with my favourite car!

Well I hope you all enjoyed this blog post! Make sure to like and share my Facebook page if you have the chance, and people’s choice voting will be starting in a week so don’t forget about that 🙂

Love,

Julianne N.

Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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There are 195 countries in the world, and I am so privileged to be able to say that I live in one of the best countries in the world. Yes, that amazing country is CANADA!! I have lived in Canada all my life and my parents immigrated here in hopes of a better and more successful life. I will be forever grateful for this as I have been able to participate in many activities and be a part of amazing communities that I may not have been able to if I lived in another country. Although many of us take for granted all the opportunities that are present, I want to talk about them in this blog post and perhaps open up our minds to how fortunate we are here in Canada.

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At the Canada Day Parade 2015!

 

As many of you know, Canada just recently turned 148 on July 1, 2015! Canada is in fact a very young country compared to others. Yet, our economy is strong, and there are many job opportunities that are created for our citizens. I have a strong belief that Canadian citizens are extremely resourceful and strong in any situation, and are able to overcome obstacles to create a more prosperous life. We have free health care and are able to express our opinions freely without fear of being prosecuted. This is something extremely incredible that we are able to say what we want and share our opinions.

We are extremely accepting of other nations and immigrants. Especially in British Columbia, there is a great diversity of races, cultures and languages. Multiculturalism is something that I am an advocate for. It is important for all races and cultures to be accepted and I feel as if Canada has come a long way with this goal. Something else that is amazing is that same-sex marriage has been legalized in Canada since 2005, and this is something to be extremely proud of. Many other countries are following this great example which is very heartening.

Beautiful view of Burnaby from my window :)

Beautiful view of Burnaby from my window :)

Finally, Canada is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Although I have only had the chance to visit two Canadian provinces (BC and Quebec), I am certain that the rest of Canada also embodies the pristine landscapes and natural scenery. So much of our land is covered in forests, mountains, lakes and other elements of nature. It is actually proven that being close to nature can help us recover from illnesses faster and view life in a more positive way. As a result of this, Canada has some of the most polite and courteous people on earth! If you see anyone who says “sorry” many times in a day, they just might be Canadian ;).

As with every country in the world, Canada is not perfect, but it is as close as it gets! However, with all the privileges that we have in Canada, it is important to cultivate a sense of selflessness and try to help other countries who are not as wealthy, have a poor health care system and are governed by corrupt governments. We have the responsibility to use all the opportunities that we receive to help others have a better life. And many Canadians already have this mindset of helping others. While Canada is a great country, the people living in it are what makes it so amazing. I am proud to say that I am Canadian and I always will be.

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Love,

 

Julianne N.

Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015 🙂

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Parade 4Although by ethnicity I am half Chinese and half Korean, I am extremely proud to be able to say that I am also 100% Canadian. I want to wish all my readers a very happy Canada Day!! I am so grateful to be a citizen of this beautiful, multicultural and accepting country. In this post, I will be sharing all the amazing opportunities I got to partake in to celebrate the 148th birthday of Canada 🙂

Before Canada Day even arrived, I was invited to be a special guest at the Multicultural event organized by the CNLOC to celebrate Canada Day. This event took place on June 20th. I had the amazing chance to represent Burnaby at the event and also perform a tap dance solo for the crowd!

I got to meet many important guests, many of whom were immigrants of China who came to Canada later on in their lives. It was very inspiring to hear their stories and how they came to find success in our country. From all the speeches, it became clearer in my mind that Canada is truly a welcoming country for immigrants around the world.

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Posing in front of Burnaby Village museum :)

When Canada Day finally arrived, I went to two different events. First, I went to the Burnaby Village Museum, where there were many historical exhibits about Canada and its development. It was such a bright and sunny day. I took many pictures with people and even got to meet Captain and Mrs. Canada! It was great to meet other royalty 😀

However, the highlight of my Canada Day was being able to participate in the Canada Day Parade at Canada Place in the heart of Downtown Vancouver! It was so great to see some of my fellow BC delegates. I am so thankful for Openroad Lexus at the Richmond Automall and the Vintage Car Club for sponsoring our vehicles for the event.

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Me and my fellow BC delegates!

When we went to onto the street, I felt an absolute sense of joy. It was amazing to see all the smiling faces of the crowd, especially when I got to make direct eye contact with strangers and have a personal connection for a few seconds. It just warmed my heart to see everyone there. I even saw a few familiar faces among the thousands of people!

Thank you to my sponsors!!

Thank you to my sponsors!!

Although my feet were aching from the heels, my arms sore from waving and my face nearly frozen from smiling for a straight 30 minutes, it was one of the BEST experiences of my life to be in the Canada Day Parade. Also a huge thank you to two my sponsors Play Music Inc. and Orange Corner for allowing my to put your posters on the cars!

 

 

All in all, this is a Canada Day that I will never forget and it has been the best one yet in my memories. Hopefully there will be even better Canada Days to come.

Love,

Julianne N.
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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Hey everyone!

I just wanted to write this blog post to share my platform with all of you. I have always believed that confidence is a major factor in being happy and successful in our lives. I find that when I believe in myself and in my abilities, I can accomplish my goals and ambitions. When I joined the Miss Teenage Canada pageant, I had a very strong sense of belief in myself. I knew I was capable of achieving this goal of mine, and I did.

However, it can be difficult to feel confident in our daily lives. We are all conditioned to worry about others and their opinions of us. It can be so hard to do the things we love if we don’t feel the approval from our families and peers. This is a lack of self-esteem, and I think that this needs to change. So many girls are pressured from a young age to be perfect. This can indirectly lead to feeling unworthy when we make mistakes.

After all that, I want to announce that my platform is to promote self-esteem and confidence in young girls and boys in my community. With this strong foundation, our youth will do things that makes them happy, and making the world a happier place!

To promote my platform, I was searching for a program that helped girls with their self-esteem. I am so fortunate to have been introduced to such a girl empowerment group by Natasha S., Miss Teenage British Columbia 2014. This empowerment group is called Sole Girls, and it was founded by an amazing person named Ashley Wiles. This 9 week program is for girls aged 8-12 that used running and discussions to help young girls learn about body image, values, confidence, media and much more. Sole Girls incorporated mini lessons with running sessions, where myself and other “soleteers” got to know each girl better.

The amazing Ashley Wiles!

For two months, I would drive all the way out to Coquitlam Centre with my mom and sister every Saturday morning to participate in this girl empowerment program. It was absolutely an honour to meet Ashley Wiles, who is an amazing mentor and taught me how I can impact others in my community. She was always so supportive of everything I did and I hope to be able to impact others the way that she impacted me. I also learned so much from the girls in the program who demonstrated their wisdom and compassion during each session. As a community project, Sole Girls collected shoes for children in third world countries, and one girl collect 300 PAIRS!! It was an indication that anyone of any age, gender or race has the ability to make a difference if they believe that they can.

So if you know of anyone who wants to join Sole Girls as a participant or a Soleteer, summer camp registration is open! I would really recommend this program and it will definitely change the way to think about yourself and others. For more information, click on this link 🙂

Confidence is not only shown on the outside, but it is shown through our actions and what we are willing to do to accomplish our goals. It is the way that we think about ourselves. I hope that I could share a little bit about me in this post, and have a great rest of May. I will be off to Kamloops in a few days for Badminton Provincials so get ready to hear more about that!

 

Love,

Julianne N.,

Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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First Photoshoot!

Phew! April has been a very busy month for me with school work, playing on my school’s badminton team, studying for the SAT and running for student government! But I finally got the time to relax, wind-down and write a blog post for all of you! This post is all about the wonderful talent that Burnaby has to share.

Over the Easter Weekend, I had the chance to witness the amazing photography skills of my great friend from elementary school, Hilary. I moved schools two year ago to be in the IB program but we kept in touch and she offered to take some photos of me with my crown and sash. I was so excited to meet her after all this time and to have my first photoshoot 🙂

We went to different parks and residential areas to take photos and luckily, it was a beautiful day. Because we were out in public, my mom brought her car so that i could change outfits inside! It was funny to see people staring at me in wonder. Who is this Titleholder wearing 5 inch heels in a park?!

We had an amazing time and the pictures turned out AMAZING if I do say so myself ;). I am so grateful that my friend Hilary vollunteered her time to showcase her excellent skills.

I also had the chance to go to my first official appearance as Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015! Burnaby’s Got Talent was a talent show among the secondary schools in Burnaby. I was once a student at Miscrop Secondary in grades 8-9 and it was exciting to cheer on some old faces, and most importantly Ariel Cao, Miss Teenage Burnaby 2014! She performed a piece with salsa (I believe?), piano and violin! All the performances were INCREDIBLE and ultimately, the wnner was my good friend from Moscrop, Alex M. who performed two poems she wrote. It was very inspiring, emotional and an amazing talent.

Waiting in line before the show!

I was so happy to be living in a city with so much apparent talent. However, I know that it is more than just talent. There was so much hard work put into these performances and I acknowledge that 100%.

Thank you all for reading this post today and have a great rest of April and beginning of May 🙂

 

Love,

Julianne N.
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t been able to post on my blog or social media that much. Its spring break here in BC and I went on a road trip to San Francisco with my family. 30+ hours in the car was worth it for the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and riding a cable car!

In this blog post I will be writing about a recent workshop/reunion that I attended with members of a program called SOYL. SOYL stands for Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership and it is a six week summer program that I participated in the summer of 2014 (registration for 2015 will be opening soon :)). In this program, I was able to build a garden bed at my high school, grow vegetables, lead workshops for children and even host a Farmer’s Market! After I went through this program, I became more aware of how environmental sustainability is very important for our personal health and global well-being.

In the workshop that I participated in, I learned about the art of fermenting food. Huh? What is that you ask? Well the fermentation of food involves the transformation of bacteria that is helpful for our digestion. Some common fermented foods are coffee, bread, yogurt, wine, kimchi and condiments. While we were taught to be afraid of bacteria our whole lives, I learned that bacteria can be helpful and that they make up the majority of our bodies! This workshop was organized by Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition and she is extremely knowledgeable about fermented foods and their health benefits. I learned how to make Sauerkraut, a food from Eastern Europe made from cabbage and salt. That’s it! BUT you can also add beets for colour, carrots and apples for extra measure 🙂

As you can see from the pictures, I started with a few whole cabbages, sliced them  thinly, added some beets for a beautiful fuchsia colour and mashed it down into a few jars. And voila! A healthy and delicious food item that can be enjoyed for a long time. I preparation for the Miss Teenage Canada, I will be trying to change my health lifestyle to be as healthy and strong as possible. In eating this fermented food, my body will be able to function better and keep me energized. Fermented food such as kimchi has always been a part of my culture but it was interesting to find other ways to get the health benefits and experience a new culture with food! I hope I will continue making and experimenting with fermented foods because it was so much fun to make and it is very useful in creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Although this post wasn’t related to the pageant, it is something interesting that has been happening in my life so far! Ill be starting school tomorrow and I’m quite excited to see all my classmates again and start working 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this long post and hope to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

With happiness,

Julianne
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015

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